Partnership takes over services at Bridlington Hospital

Staff from the GP Access Centre and the Minor Injuries Unit - Martyn Heseltine, Denise Newby, Angie Germaine, Shonagh Murton, Ali Green, Pippa Spencer and, at the front, Claire Ripper.
Staff from the GP Access Centre and the Minor Injuries Unit - Martyn Heseltine, Denise Newby, Angie Germaine, Shonagh Murton, Ali Green, Pippa Spencer and, at the front, Claire Ripper.

A SOCIAL enterprise company have begun to deliver services at the Minor Injuries and GP Units at Bridlington Hospital.

City Health Care Partnership CIC took over the running of the integrated GP Access and Minor Injuries service at Bridlington Hospital, on Monday, October 1.

Claire Ripper, head of primary care medical services for the City Health Care Partnership, now manages the centre.

She said: “This is a really exciting time for CHCP CIC, being able to provide these services to the local people in Bridlington and the surrounding area compliments our current service portfolio, especially those we already provide in the East Riding such as smoking cessation and sexual health.

“We are now working hard with both staff and local patient groups to develop and enhance the services to suit the needs of the local population, ensuring we deliver the highest quality services we possibly can with patients at the heart of them.”

Now known as the Wolds View Primary Care Centre, the service is open from 8am until 9pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year and is welcoming patients, both old and new.

The GP services are available to registered patients and to temporary residents.

Patients are able to see GPs at the centre, via an appointment system, while highly trained practice nurses will also deliver care.

For patients with a minor illness or injury, walk-in appointments are available during opening hours, seven days a week.

Bosses at the City Healthcare Partnership say that patients can rest assured that they will still see the same faces when accessing services, after offering existing staff a TUPE transfer to continue working at the site.

Anyone interested in joining the Wolds View Primary Care Centre Patient Participation Group can email engagement@chcphull.nhs.uk, or contact a member of staff within the centre.

As a co-owned business with social purpose at the heart of the organisation, City Health Care Partnership CIC says it is “committed to reinvesting surplus monies directly back into staff, the 
services provided and the local community.”

City Healthcare Partnership – an independent not-for-profit social enterprise currently providing NHS Services to 500,000 local people – was awarded the five year contract to deliver the integrated service following a formal tender process by NHS East Riding of Yorkshire.

Jean Wormwell, of the Pensioners’ Action Group East Riding (PAGER), a group who speak up for pensioners rights, said: “So far our meetings and dealing with CIC have been positive.

“We invited them along to our health forum meeting and other meetings and their ideas are good.

“There is a lot of work to be done now they have taken over, so we will see how things develop in a few months time, but it is positive so far.”